Plowing Under Profits
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:26 AM CST

AMES, Iowa (DTN) -- Do you know how much fuel you use on your farm each year? And do you know where you use most of it?

The answer might surprise you, Iowa State agricultural engineer Mark Hanna told growers at the university's annual Integrated Crop Management conference in Ames on Dec. 3.

"It's a pretty reasonable bet that there are a lot of folks out there using 4 to 6 gallons of diesel per acre on row-crop operations," Hanna said of Iowa growers. Planting, spraying and harvesting take up their share of fuel, but more than half of that ...

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